LASIK Vision Correction Essay

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LASIK Vision Correction Are you ready to give up your glasses or contacts? LASIK vision correction is an up-and-coming procedure designed to reduce your dependence on glasses and contacts. My objective is to show both sides of the procedure, the risks involved and the wonderful possibility of not having to wear glasses or corrective lenses. Of patients with moderate vision impairments who have had the LASIK surgery performed, eighty-two percent achieve 20/20 vision or better and ninety-nine percent achieve 20/40 or better (May 60). However, LASIK vision correction is not for everyone. There are definite risks as well as possible side effects involved. Some of the side effects are hazing, night glare and halos, loss of vision,…show more content…
To enjoy an active lifestyle without being totally dependent on corrective lenses 5. To be able to care for a baby in the middle of the night 6. To be realistic, not to expect perfect vision (“Bringing Your World”) The cost of LASIK vision correction is not cheap. Prices for the surgery range from $1,200 to $3,000 per eye (May 92). Some insurance companies will pay for the procedure, but that is the exception rather than the rule. Although most results of LASIK surgery have been favorable, many side effects have been noted along the way. One possible side effect is hazing. Hazing is the term used for a cellular reaction that occasionally develops in the corneal stroma following surface laser refractive procedures (May 67). Serious hazing is extremely rare with patients who have chosen LASIK. Patients experiencing hazing are often told to increase the doses of steroid drops they are using. These drops are usually enough to resolve the hazing without affecting their vision. Another possible side effect evolving from LASIK surgery is that of dry eye. ‘Dry eye’ is described as grittiness in the eye. This grittiness is usually resolved within the first one to three months following surgery. In a survey of 550 patients done by Dr. Robert Maloney, forty to fifty percent noted experiencing dry eyes three months following their surgery. All patients should be aware that dry eye is a potential complication of LASIK. In addition,
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